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Super Mario Endgame by Beau-Skunk Super Mario Endgame by Beau-Skunk
[link] (A li'l appropriate background music via Youtube.) ;)

"Although conscious of their impending doom, at this point, both combatants feel they have nothing left to lose...
After years of exchanging insults and vows of personal destruction, all is said and done...
The only recourse left is..." (Cue fight starting.)

~Narration excerpt from "Endgame"

For those that don't "get it," this is a reference to the famous & controversial "Endgame" story arc in issue #50 of the "Sonic the Hedgehog" comic book series by Archie Comics.
(I'm a fan of that series, regardless of it ups & downs, so spare me the fanboy-ish "bashing" please.) It's now available in the "Sonic Archives: Vol. 13" book.

Even though this is a comic book parody/homage, I actually wanted this to look pretty "serious," and darker then most stuff I've drawn. (Sense I mostly do funny/goofy/random stuff, I thought I'd try something different.)

While Mario's not really known for being "dark & serious," and being light-hearted and comical, if you look at some of the games they do have their darker and serious moments to. (Look at "Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door," or the Super Mario Galaxy games for instance.)
The series always knows how to balance the dark with the light, without being to gritty, or to cutesy/happy.

I also used Bowser's "King Koopa" design from the old Super Mario cartoons by DiC, and the old short-lived Valiant "Nintendo Comics System" comics. I felt that fit, sense during the earlier days of the Sonic comic (including "Endgame") they used the DiC Sonic cartoon design of Robotnik, so it just seemed appropriate.
^^; Plus, I feel King Bowser Koopa's cartoon design isn't quite as beloved as the Americanized "Julian Ivo Robotnik" design, (when it comes to fanart) and needs more love. I always liked that design, and personality for Bowser so I tried to make him look accurate, but also a li'l more "threatening" here so I added more spikes to his shell, and perhaps a li'l to much detail on the hand.
As for Mario I tried to make him look more like how Yoichi Kotabe draws him. (That's the guy who illistrates the original NES Mario games for Nintendo.)
In the original drawing I accidently gave Mario 5 knuckles, (something I oddly didn't notice after inking this) so I had to erase one digitally in MSPaint to make it look right.

Regardless of some of the flaws of this piece, (I didn't make the background energy circle big enough for one thing.) I'm actually quite pleased with how it turned out, and it looks like one of my best "Mario" fanart pieces I've put up on DA. :)
(Wich is great, 'cause I don't consider myself a "good artist" in any way. lol)

BTW that's not "lava" that's purple energy swirling around them.
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KidBobobo Featured By Owner Edited Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Except, King Koopa sinks in molten lava and becomes the fiery Bowser we know today. Just as long as Peach isn't a Women Are Wiser freedom fighter leader who charges Mario for alledged treason and Mario ends up accused of murder. And no Prince Haru expy of Geoffry St. John.
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Just hope there isn't a "Mario Live" issue. ;p
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KidBobobo Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With those kids from the American LOZ 1 commercial (the ones who killed rap), as the creators of Mario.
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Should have the dancers from the "Link to the Past" Japanese commercial, and this crazy guy running around yelling "ZELDA!"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-qBkW…

P-P-PEAHATS!
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KidBobobo Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now the whole thing makes zero sense.
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britts-demesne Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sad to see the The other Big Round Guy bite it in StH #50 and Directors Cut but funny parody just the same.

Nintendo will more than likely keep Bowser around for Nintendo eternity.
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Yeah, no matter how many times Bowser, or Robotnik get "killed," they always come back. ;)

Heck, Robotnik fell into a volcano at the ending of "Sonic Spinball" I remember.
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britts-demesne Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I still remember all of those times when I beat Robotnik and managed to hit his little airship at the end of Sonic 1 and it lost altitude in just one hit. Oh and the two Death Egg machines that blew up in Sonic 2 and S&K, I remember those as well. May Robotnik endure forever more.
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Egg belly can survive anything. ;)
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britts-demesne Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And that's a good thing too.:nod:
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